The Badgers offense didn't produce quite like everyone expected to last week. Yeah, there were a decent number of yards (403 to be exact), but Wisconsin only put up 27 points against a clearly inferior opponent. The reason? Turnovers. Against two sub-par teams, the Badgers have thrown two interceptions and lost two of five fumbles. Last Saturday two fumbles took a sure 10 to 14 points off the board. The offense needs to clean up the mistakes against a much better Arizona State defense.
2. Deep Threet
Badgers fans know the name Steven Threet well after he lead a Michigan comeback from a 19-0 deficit at halftime, crushing the Badgers hopes of a potential Big Ten championship season. New uniform, same Threet. The ASU quarterback has amassed 315 yards per game and five touchdowns in a spread offense that looks to be improved from its anemic 2009 counterpart. It's going to be a long day for the…
3. Defensive Backs
The Wisconsin defensive backs showed flashes of greatness against San Jose State, but faded a little as the game wore on. The backs let up two big plays, one on a third down deep in San Jose State territory and one for a 37-yard touchdown. The rest were short-yardage passes that get a spread-style offense rolling. The defensive backs need to limit both to keep the high scoring Sun Devils off the board. The key will be breaking up passes and bumping receivers off their routes early to disrupt the rhythm of the offense.
4. Ladies and gentlemen, Jared Abbrederis
Last week was a mini breaking-out for Jared Abbrederis, but this Saturday could be the key to the beginning of a long, successful career. Abbrederis has the talent to shine and the attitude and patience to succeed in a run-first offense. With Nick Toon (turf toe) and David Gilreath (concussion) out for Saturday's game, Abbrederis will likely be the number one (or possibly 1A to Lance Kendricks's 1B) target for Scott Tolzien.
5. Under Pressure
J.J. Watt is on his way to a spot on the All-Big Ten team. The ASU offensive line has struggled. The UW linebacking corps is relentless. All signs point to the Wisconsin front seven wreaking havoc in the Sun Devil backfield. Doing so would go a long way in stopping the ASU passing attack and forcing Threet into bad decisions and turnovers.